Atlantic Coast Conference

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Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference logo.svg
Established1953
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FBS
Members15
Sports fielded
  • 27 [1]
    • men's: 13
    • women's: 14
Region
Headquarters Greensboro, North Carolina
Commissioner John Swofford (since 1997)
Website www.theacc.com
Locations
ACC overview map 2012-13a.png

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

National Collegiate Athletic Association Non-profit organization that regulates many American college athletes and programs

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

NCAA Division I highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

College football collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by student-athletes of American/Canadian colleges and universities

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ACC teams and athletes have claimed dozens of national championships in multiple sports throughout the conference's history. Generally, the ACC's top athletes and teams in any particular sport in a given year are considered to be among the top collegiate competitors in the nation. Also, the conference enjoys extensive media coverage. The ACC was one of the five collegiate power conferences, which had automatic qualifying for their football champion into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the ACC is one of five conferences with a contractual tie-in to a New Year's Six bowl game, the successors to the BCS.

In college football, the term Power Five conferences refers to five athletic conferences whose members are part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate football in the United States. The conferences are the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference (B1G), Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, and Southeastern Conference (SEC). The term "Power Five" is not defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the origin of the term is unknown. It has been used in its current meaning since at least 2006. The term is also used in other college sports.

Bowl Championship Series American college football playoff series

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was a selection system that created five bowl game match-ups involving ten of the top ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of American college football, including an opportunity for the top two teams to compete in the BCS National Championship Game. The system was in place for the 1998 through 2013 seasons and in 2014 was replaced by the College Football Playoff.

College Football Playoff Postseason tournament for the highest level of American college football

The College Football Playoff (CFP) is an annual postseason knockout tournament to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football competition in the United States. The inaugural tournament was held at the end of the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season which was won by Ohio State. Four teams play in two semifinal games, and the winner of each semifinal advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

The ACC was founded on May 8, 1953 by seven universities located in the South Atlantic States, with the University of Virginia joining in early December 1953 to bring the membership to eight. [2] The loss of South Carolina in 1971 dropped membership to seven, while the addition of Georgia Tech in 1979 for non-football sports and 1983 for football brought it back to eight, and Florida State's arrival in 1991 for non-football sports and 1992 for football increased the membership to nine. Since 2000, with the widespread reorganization of the NCAA, seven additional schools have joined, and one original member (Maryland) has left to bring it to the current membership of 15 schools. The additions in recent years extended the conference's footprint into the Northeast and Midwest.

Northeastern United States region of the United States

The Northeastern United States, also referred to as simply the Northeast, is a geographical region of the United States bordered to the north by Canada, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Southern United States, and to the west by the Midwestern United States. The Northeast is one of the four regions defined by the United States Census Bureau for the collection and analysis of statistics.

Midwestern United States region that includes parts of Canada and the United States

The Midwestern United States, also referred to as the American Midwest, Middle West, or simply the Midwest, is one of four census regions of the United States Census Bureau. It occupies the northern central part of the United States. It was officially named the North Central Region by the Census Bureau until 1984. It is located between the Northeastern United States and the Western United States, with Canada to its north and the Southern United States to its south.

ACC member universities represent a range of well-regarded private and public universities of various enrollment sizes, all of which participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium whose purpose is to "enrich the educational missions, especially the undergraduate student experiences, of member universities".

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Locations of the Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions.

Member universities

Current members

The ACC has 15 member institutions located within the borders of 10 states. Listed in alphabetical order, these 10 states within the ACC's geographical footprint are Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. The geographic domain of the conference is predominantly within the Southern and Northeastern United States along the US Atlantic coast and stretches from Florida in the south to New York in the North and from Indiana in the west to Massachusetts farthest east.

Florida State of the United States of America

Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 8th-most densely populated of the U.S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital.

Georgia (U.S. state) State of the United States of America

Georgia is a state in the Southeastern United States. It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established. Named after King George II of Great Britain, the Province of Georgia covered the area from South Carolina south to Spanish Florida and west to French Louisiana at the Mississippi River. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788. In 1802–1804, western Georgia was split to the Mississippi Territory, which later split to form Alabama with part of former West Florida in 1819. Georgia declared its secession from the Union on January 19, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870. Georgia is the 24th largest and the 8th most populous of the 50 United States. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia's counties ranked among the nation's 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, the state's capital and most populous city, has been named a global city. Atlanta's metropolitan area contains about 55% of the population of the entire state.

Indiana State of the United States of America

Indiana is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. Indiana borders Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky to the south and southeast, and Illinois to the west.

In two sports, football and baseball, the ACC is divided into two non-geographic divisions of seven teams each, labeled the "Atlantic" and "Coastal" divisions. Notre Dame does not participate in ACC football and Syracuse does not participate in ACC baseball, leaving 14 total ACC schools for each of those sports. For all other sports, the ACC operates as a single unified league with no divisions.

When Notre Dame joined the ACC, it chose to remain a football independent. However, its football team established a special scheduling arrangement with the ACC to play a rotating selection of five ACC football teams per season.

NCAA Division I FBS independent schools

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision independent schools are four-year institutions whose football programs are not part of an NCAA-affiliated conference. This means that FBS independents are not required to schedule each other for competition like conference schools do.

Since July 1, 2014, the 15 members of the ACC are:

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentNicknameColors
Atlantic Division
Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 18632005 Private 14,250 Eagles          
Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina 18891953 Public 23,406 Tigers          
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida 18511991 [lower-alpha 1] 41,900 Seminoles          
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798201422,640 Cardinals          
North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina 1887195334,015 Wolfpack          
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 18422013Private12,292 Fighting Irish          
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 187021,970 Orange     
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 183419537,669 Demon Deacons          
Coastal Division
Duke University Durham, North Carolina 18381953Private14,832 Blue Devils          
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 18851979 [lower-alpha 2] Public26,839 Yellow Jackets          
University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida 19252004Private16,801 Hurricanes               
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina 17891953Public29,469 Tar Heels          
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 17872013 State-related 28,642 [lower-alpha 3] Panthers          
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 18191953Public22,391 Cavaliers          
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia 1872200431,090 Hokies          
  1. Although Florida State joined the ACC in 1991, it did not compete for the league's football championship until 1992. [3]
  2. Although Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1979, it did not compete for the league's football championship until 1983. [4]
  3. Excludes enrollment at the university's four additional regional campuses. With those campuses added, the university's enrollment is 34,580. [5]

Former members

On July 1, 2014, The University of Maryland departed for The Big Ten Conference as The University of Louisville joined from The American Athletic Conference (formerly, The Big East Conference). In 1971, The University of South Carolina left The ACC to become an independent, later joining The Metro Conference in 1983 and moving to its current home, The Southeastern Conference, in 1991.

Big Ten Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States, based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Despite its name, the conference consists of 14 members. They compete in the NCAA Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land grant schools and a private university.

American Athletic Conference US college sports conference

The American Athletic Conference is an American collegiate athletic conference, featuring 12 member universities and six associate member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Member universities represent a range of private and public universities of various enrollment sizes located primarily in urban metropolitan areas in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States.

Big East Conference (1979–2013) U.S. college athletic conference, 1979–2013

The Big East Conference was a collegiate athletics conference that consisted of as many as 16 universities in the eastern half of the United States from 1979 to 2013. The conference's members participated in 24 NCAA sports. The conference had a history of success at the national level in basketball throughout its history, while its shorter football program, created by inviting one college and four other "associate members" into the conference, resulted in two national championships.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftType
(affiliation)
Current
Conference
Nickname/Colors
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 180119531971Public (USCS) SEC Gamecocks

         

University of Maryland College Park, Maryland 1856

(as Maryland Agricultural College)

19532014 Public (USM) Big Ten Terrapins

                   

Membership timeline

University of LouisvilleSyracuse UniversityUniversity of PittsburghUniversity of Notre DameBoston CollegeVirginia TechUniversity of MiamiFlorida State UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyWake Forest UniversityUniversity of VirginiaUniversity of South CarolinaNorth Carolina State UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUniversity of Maryland, College ParkDuke UniversityClemson UniversityAtlantic Coast Conference

Full membersNon-football members

History

Founding and early expansion

The ACC was established on June 14, 1953, when seven members of the Southern Conference left to form their own conference. These seven universities became charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. They left partially due to that league's ban on post-season football play. After drafting a set of bylaws for the creation of a new league, the seven withdrew from the Southern Conference at the spring meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953 at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The bylaws were ratified on June 14, 1953, and the ACC was created, becoming the second conference formed by schools collectively withdrawing from the SoCon, after the Southeastern Conference. On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and admitted Virginia, a SoCon charter member that had been independent since 1937, into the conference. [6]

In 1960, the ACC implemented a minimum SAT score for incoming student-athletes of 750, the first conference to do so. This minimum was raised to 800 in 1964, but was ultimately struck down by a federal court in 1972. [7]

On July 1, 1971, South Carolina officially left the ACC to become an independent.

1978 & 1991 expansion

The ACC operated with seven members until the addition of Georgia Tech from the Metro Conference, announced on April 3, 1978 and taking effect on July 1, 1979 except in football, in which Tech would remain an independent until joining ACC football in 1983. The total number of member schools reached nine with the addition of Florida State, also formerly from the Metro Conference, on July 1, 1991 in non-football sports and July 1, 1992 in football. The additions of those schools marked the first expansions of the conference footprint since 1953, though both schools were still located with the rest of the ACC schools in the South Atlantic States.

2004–2005 expansion

The ACC added three members from the Big East Conference during the 2005 conference realignment: Miami and Virginia Tech joined on July 1, 2004, and Boston College joined on July 1, 2005, as the league's twelfth member and the first from the Northeast. The expansion was controversial, as Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia (and, initially, Virginia Tech) filed lawsuits against the ACC, Miami, and Boston College for conspiring to weaken the Big East Conference.

2010–present

The ACC Hall of Champions opened on March 2, 2011, next to the Greensboro Coliseum arena, making the ACC the second college sports conference to have a hall of fame after the Southern Conference (SoCon). [8] [9]

On September 17, 2011, Big East Conference members Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh both applied to join the ACC. [10] The two schools were accepted into the conference the following day, once again expanding the conference footprint like previous expansions. [11] Because the Big East intended to hold Pitt and Syracuse to the 27-month notice period required by league bylaws, the most likely entry date into the ACC (barring negotiations) was July 1, 2014. [12] However, in July 2012, the Big East came to an agreement with Syracuse and Pitt that allowed the two schools to leave the Big East on July 1, 2013. [13] [14]

On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame agreed to join the ACC in all sports except football and hockey as the conference's first member in the Midwestern United States. As part of the agreement, Notre Dame will play five football games each season against ACC teams beginning in 2014. [15] On March 12, 2013, Notre Dame and the Big East announced they had reached a settlement allowing Notre Dame to join the ACC effective July 1, 2013. [16]

On November 19, 2012, the University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference effective in 2014. [17] The following week, the Big East's University of Louisville accepted the ACC's invitation to become a full member, replacing Maryland effective July 1, 2014.[ citation needed ]

The ACC's presidents announced on April 22, 2013, that all 15 schools that would be members of the conference in 2014–15 had signed a grant of media rights (GOR), effective immediately and running through the 2026–27 school year, coinciding with the duration of the conference's then-current TV deal with ESPN. This move essentially prevents the ACC from being a target for other conferences seeking to expand—under the grant, if a school leaves the conference during the contract period, all revenue derived from that school's media rights for home games would belong to the ACC and not the school. [18] The move also left the SEC as the only one of the FBS Power Five conferences without a GOR. [19]

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Commissioner John Swofford

In July 2016, the GOR was extended through the 2035–36 school year, coinciding with the signing of a new 20-year deal with ESPN that would transform the then-current ad hoc ACC Network into a full-fledged network. The new network launched as a digital service in the 2016–17 school year and is set to launch as a linear network no later than August 2019. [20]

Academics and ACCAC

Academic rankings

Among the major NCAA athletic conferences that sponsor NCAA Division I FBS football, including the current "Power Five conferences", prior to the addition of the University of Louisville, the ACC has been regarded as having the highest academically ranked collection of members based on U.S. News & World Report [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] and by the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate. [26] [27]

Academics and Research
SchoolEndowment [28]
(in US$ billions)
Major Faculty Awards [29] (total awards)Princeton Review Rating [30] (scale 60–99)US News US Ranking [31] Washington Monthly US Ranking [32] ARWU US Ranking [33] NTU US Ranking [34] CWTS Leiden US Impact Ranking [35] Scimago US Higher Education Ranking [36] URAP US Ranking [37] US News/QS World Rankings [38]
Boston College$2.3173006853857100138155123145339
Clemson$0.68273637866114156138110125123701
Duke$7.9111753092912201415141621
Florida State$0.707414968708170918110775431
Georgia Tech$1.98580221863531434741324570
Louisville$0.7190015691712211561191031051101001
Miami$0.948579778532776159584154252
North Carolina$3.02722719773023232023182180
North Carolina State$1.122899117580847172435756263
Notre Dame$9.3523761480182271101969387216
Pittsburgh$3.9456871380701433517132019142
Syracuse$1.25872811775328156138145172129501
Virginia$6.393561158725366153505546173
Virginia Tech$0.9958071073761910095536563367
Wake Forest$1.205323394277513686958588411

ACCAC and ACC academic network

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Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium

The members of the ACC participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium (ACCAC), a consortium that provides a vehicle for inter-institutional academic and administrative collaboration between member universities. Growing out of a conference-wide doctoral student-exchange program that was established in 1999, the ACCAC has expanded its scope into other domestic and international collaborations. [39]

The stated mission of the ACCAC is to "leverage the athletic associations and identities among the 15 ACC universities in order to enrich the educational missions of member universities." To that end, the collaborative helps organize various academic initiatives, including fellowship and scholarship programs, global research initiatives, leadership conferences, and extensive study abroad programs. [40] Funding for its operations, 90% of which is spent on direct student support, is derived from a portion of the income generated by the ACC Football Championship Game and by supplemental allocations by individual universities and various grants. [41]

ACCAC academic programs

Major academic programs that have been implemented under ACCAC include:

The ACCAC also supports periodic meetings among faculty, administration, and staff who pursue similar interests and responsibilities at the member universities either by face-to-face conferences, video conferences, or telephone conferences. ACCAC affinity groups include those for International Affairs Officers, Study Abroad Directors, Teaching-Learning Center Directors, Chief Information Officers, Chief Procurement Officers, Undergraduate Research Conference Coordinators, Student Affairs Vice Presidents, Student Leadership Conference Coordinators, and Faculty Athletic Representatives To the ACC. [54]

Spending and revenue

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds, and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food, and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/grounds, maintenance, utilities and rental fees, and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance costs.

Conference
Rank
(2016–17)
National Rank
(2016–17)
Institution2016-17 Total Revenue from Athletics [55] 2016-17 Total Expenses on Athletics [55]
113 Florida State University $144,514,413$143,373,261
222 University of Louisville $120,445,303$118,383,769
326 Clemson University $112,600,964$111,126,235
435 University of North Carolina $96,551,626$96,540,823
539 University of Virginia $92,865,175$100,324,517
644 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $87,427,526$90,716,423
747 North Carolina State University $83,741,572$86,924,779
851 Georgia Institute of Technology $81,762,024$84,852,123
N/AN/A Boston College Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A Duke University Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A Syracuse University Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A University of Miami Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A University of Notre Dame Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A University of Pittsburgh Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A Wake Forest University Not reportedNot reported

Facilities

SchoolFootball stadiumCap.Soccer stadiumCap.Basketball arenaCap.Baseball stadiumCap.Softball stadiumCap.
Boston College Alumni Stadium 44,500Newton Campus Sports Complex1,100 Conte Forum 8,606 Harrington Athletics Village at Brighton Field 2,500 Harrington Athletics Village at Brighton Field 1,000
Clemson Memorial Stadium 81,500 Riggs Field 6,500 Littlejohn Coliseum 10,000 Doug Kingsmore Stadium 6,524Non-softball school
Duke Wallace Wade Stadium 40,004 Koskinen Stadium 4,500 Cameron Indoor Stadium 9,314 Jack Coombs Field
Durham Bulls Park
2,000
10,000
Duke Softball Stadium1,300
Florida State Bobby Bowden Field
at Doak Campbell Stadium
79,560 Seminole Soccer Complex 2,000 Donald L. Tucker Center 13,800 Mike Martin Field
at Dick Howser Stadium
6,700 JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex 1,000
Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field 55,000Non-soccer school Hank McCamish Pavilion 8,600 Russ Chandler Stadium 4,157Shirley Clements Mewborn Field1,500
Louisville Cardinal Stadium 61,000 Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium 5,300 KFC Yum! Center 22,090 Jim Patterson Stadium 4,000 Ulmer Stadium 2,200
Miami Hard Rock Stadium 65,326 Cobb Stadium 500 Watsco Center 7,972 Mark Light Field
at Alex Rodriguez Park
5,000Non-softball school
North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium 51,000 Fetzer Field 5,700 Dean Smith Center (M)
Carmichael Arena (W)
21,750
8,010
Boshamer Stadium 5,000 Anderson Stadium 500
North Carolina State Carter–Finley Stadium 57,583Dail Soccer Field3,000 PNC Arena (M)
Reynolds Coliseum (W)
19,722
5,500 [56]
Doak Field 3,000Dail Softball StadiumN/A
Notre Dame Plays football as an FBS independent Alumni Stadium 2,500 Edmund P. Joyce Center 9,149 Frank Eck Stadium 2,500Melissa Cook Stadium850
Pittsburgh Heinz Field 65,500 Ambrose Urbanic Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
735 Petersen Events Center 12,508 Charles L. Cost Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
900 Vartabedian Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
600
Syracuse Carrier Dome 49,262 SU Soccer Stadium 1,500 Carrier Dome 35,446Non-baseball schoolSoftball Stadium at Skytop650
Virginia Scott Stadium 61,500 Klöckner Stadium 7,906 John Paul Jones Arena 14,593 Disharoon Park 5,500The Park475
Virginia Tech Lane Stadium 65,632 Sandra D. Thompson Field 2,500 Cassell Coliseum 9,847 English Field 1,033+Tech Softball Park1,024
Wake Forest BB&T Field 31,500 W. Dennie Spry Soccer Stadium 3,000 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 14,407 Wake Forest Baseball Park 6,280Non-softball school

Sports

The Atlantic Coast Conference sponsors championship competition in thirteen men's and fourteen women's NCAA-sanctioned sports. [57] The most recently added sport was fencing, added for the 2014–15 school year after having been absent from the conference since 1980; Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, and Notre Dame participate in that sport. [58]

Since all ACC members (including non-football member Notre Dame) field FBS football teams, they are subject to the NCAA requirement that FBS schools field at least 16 NCAA-recognized varsity sports. However, the ACC itself requires sponsorship of only four sports—football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and either women's soccer or women's volleyball. [59] All ACC members sponsor all five of the named sports except Georgia Tech, which sponsors women's volleyball but not women's soccer.

Teams in ACC Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball 14
Basketball 1515
Cross country 1515
Fencing 44
Field hockey 7
Football 14
Golf 1212
Lacrosse 58
Rowing 9
Soccer 1214
Softball 12
Swimming & diving 11.5 [60] 12
Tennis 1315
Track and field (indoor) 1515
Track and field (outdoor) 1515
Volleyball 15
Wrestling 6

Men's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 13 men's ACC sports for the 2017–18 academic year.

SchoolBaseballBasket­ballCross countryFencingFootballGolfLacrosseSoccerSwimming & divingTennisTrack & field
(indoor)
Track & field
(outdoor)
WrestlingTotal ACC men's sports
Boston College Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg11
Clemson Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg9
Duke Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg13
Florida State Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg9
Georgia Tech Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg9
Louisville Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg10
Miami Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg [60] Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg7.5
North Carolina Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg13
North Carolina State Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
Notre Dame Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg [61] Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg11
Pittsburgh Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg 9
Syracuse Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg7
Virginia Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg12
Virginia Tech Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
Wake Forest Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg9
Totals1415154141251211.51315156151.5

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference which are played by ACC schools:

SchoolIce hockeyRifleRowing [lower-alpha 1] Sailing [lower-alpha 1] SkiingSquash [lower-alpha 1]
Boston College Hockey East nono NEISA EISA no
North Carolina Stateno GARC & SEARC [62] nononono
Notre Dame Big Ten nonononono
Syracusenono EARC nonono
VirginianononononoIndependent [63]
  1. 1 2 3 Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.

Women's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 14 women's ACC sports for the 2017–18 academic year.

SchoolBasketballCross countryFencingField hockeyGolfLacrosseRowingSoccerSoftballSwimming & divingTennisTrack & field
(indoor)
Track & field
(outdoor)
VolleyballTotal ACC women's sports
Boston College Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg14
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Louisville Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg13
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  1. Clemson to add softball for the 2020 season. [64]
  2. Pitt to add women's lacrosse beginning in the 2021-22 season. [65]

    Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference which are played by ACC schools:

    SchoolBeach volleyballGymnasticsIce hockeyRifleSailing [lower-alpha 1] SkiingSquash [lower-alpha 2]
    Boston Collegenono Hockey East no NEISA EISA no
    Florida State CCSA nononononono
    North Carolinano EAGL nonononono
    North Carolina Stateno EAGL no GARC & SEARC [62] nonono
    Pittsburghno EAGL nonononono
    Syracusenono CHA nononono
    VirginianonononononoIndependent [63]
    1. Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.
    2. Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.

    Current champions

    Champions from the previous academic year are indicated in italics.

    SeasonSportMen's
    champion
    Women's
    champion
    Fall 2018Cross country Notre Dame NC State
    Field hockey North Carolina
    Football Clemson
    Soccer Louisville Florida State
    Volleyball Pittsburgh
    Winter 2018–19Basketball Duke Notre Dame
    Fencing Duke North Carolina
    Swimming & diving NC State Virginia
    Track & field (Indoor) Florida State Florida State
    Wrestling Virginia Tech
    Spring 2019Baseball Florida State
    Softball Florida State
    Golf Georgia Tech Duke
    Lacrosse Notre Dame North Carolina
    Rowing Virginia
    Tennis Wake Forest North Carolina
    Track & field (outdoor) Florida State Miami

    Football

    The ACC is considered to be one of the Power Five conferences, all of which receive automatic placement of their football champions into one of the six major bowl games. Seven of its members claim football national championships in their history, with two having won the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series (BCS) during its existence between 1998 and 2014 and one having won under the current College Football Playoff (CFP) system. Five of its members are among the top 25 of college football's all-time winningest programs. [66] Three ACC teams, Florida State, Miami, and, Clemson, are listed in the top 10 of most successful football programs since 2000.

    Divisions

    In 2005, the ACC began divisional play in football. Division leaders compete in a playoff game to determine the ACC championship. The inaugural Championship Game was played on December 3, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the venue then known as Alltel Stadium, in which Florida State defeated Virginia Tech to capture its 12th championship since it joined the league in 1992. Notre Dame began playing several ACC teams each year in 2014, but is not considered a football member and is not eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game. [67]

    The ACC is the only NCAA Division I conference whose divisions are not divided geographically (e.g., North/South, East/West). [68]

    The previous division structure led to each team playing the following games:

    On February 3, 2012, the ACC announced a new regular-season scheduling format which added Syracuse to the Atlantic Division and Pittsburgh to the Coastal Division. These new teams were paired as cross-divisional rivals. This change took effect when Pitt and Syracuse joined the conference in July 2013. On October 3, 2012, it was announced that the extra in-division game would result in one fewer cross-division game. [69]

    The current division structure leads to each team playing the following games:

    Starting with the 2017 season, ACC members will be required to play at least one non-conference game each season against a team in the "Power 5" conferences. Games against Notre Dame also meet the requirement. In January 2015, the conference announced that games against another FBS independent, BYU, would also count toward the requirement. [70] ACC teams can also meet the requirement by scheduling one another in non-conference games; the first example of this was also announced in January 2015, when North Carolina and Wake Forest announced that they would play a home-and-home non-conference series in 2019 and 2021. [71]

    In the table below, each column represents one division. Each team's designated permanent rival is listed in the same row in the opposing column. [72] Alignments reflect those in place since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014.

    Atlantic DivisionCoastal Division
    Boston College Virginia Tech
    Clemson Georgia Tech
    Florida State Miami
    Louisville Virginia
    North Carolina State North Carolina
    Syracuse Pittsburgh
    Wake Forest Duke

    Bowl games

    Within the College Football Playoff, the Orange Bowl serves as the home of the ACC champion against Notre Dame or another team from the SEC or Big Ten. If the conference's champion is selected for the CFP, another ACC team will be chosen in their place.

    The other bowls pick ACC teams in the order set by agreements between the conference and the bowls.

    Beginning in 2014, Notre Dame is eligible for selection as the ACC's representative to any of its contracted bowl games. The ACC's bowl selection will no longer be bound by the rigidity of a "one-win rule" but will have a general list of criteria to emphasize regionality and quality matchups on the field. A one-win rule does apply to Notre Dame's participation in the ACC Bowl structure. Notre Dame is now eligible for ACC Bowl selection beginning with the Citrus Bowl and continuing through the league's bowl selections. However, Notre Dame must be within one win of the ACC available team which has the best overall record, in order to be chosen. In other words, if an ACC team was 9-3, a 7-5 Notre Dame team could not be chosen in its place. Notre Dame would have to be 8-4 to be chosen over a 9-3 league team.

    Order of selection for ACC bowl participants [73]
    PickNameLocationOpposing ConferenceOpposing Pick
    1* Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, Florida SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame -
    2** Citrus Bowl Orlando, Florida SEC 2
    3 Camping World Bowl Orlando, Florida Big 12 3 [74]
    Tier One All have equal selection status
    4/5/6/7 Sun Bowl El Paso, Texas Pac-12 5 [75]
    Belk Bowl Charlotte, North Carolina SEC TBD [76]
    Music City Bowl***** Nashville, Tennessee SEC
    Gator Bowl***** Jacksonville, Florida SEC
    Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, New York Big Ten TBD [77]
    Tier Two
    8 Military Bowl Annapolis, Maryland The American TBD
    9 Independence Bowl Shreveport, Louisiana SEC 10
    10 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit Big Ten TBD
    11*** Gasparilla Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida The American TBD
    12**** Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, Alabama C-USA, MAC

    * If the ACC Champion is not in one of the semifinal games it will appear in the Orange Bowl, or, if the Orange Bowl is a semifinal or national championship site, one of the Playoff "host" bowls, either the Fiesta, Cotton or Chick-fil-A Peach. There is no limit on how many teams the College Football Playoff may choose from a particular conference.

    ** Only if the ACC opponent in the Orange Bowl, in a non-semifinal year is a team from the Big Ten, a maximum of three times in six years.

    *** After the 2014 and 2016 seasons; all others as conditional selection if not filled by C-USA or The American.

    **** Conditional all years if not filled by SEC or The American.

    ***** An ACC member participates in either the Gator Bowl or Music City Bowl in any individual season.

    National championships

    Although the NCAA does not determine an official national champion for Division I FBS football, several ACC members claim national championships awarded by various "major selectors" of national championships as recognized in the official NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. [78] Since 1936 and 1950 respectively, these include what are now the most pervasive and influential selectors, the Associated Press poll and Coaches Poll. In addition, from 1998 to 2013 the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) used a mathematical formula to match the top two teams at the end of the season. The winner of the BCS was contractually awarded the Coaches' Poll national championship and its AFCA National Championship Trophy as well as the MacArthur Trophy from the National Football Foundation. Maryland won one championship as a member of the ACC in 1953.

    SchoolClaims of non-poll
    "major selectors"
    Associated PressCoaches PollBowl Championship SeriesCollege Football Playoff
    Clemson1981, 2016, 20181981, 2016, 20182016, 2018
    Florida State1993, 1999, 20131993, 1999, 20131999, 2013
    Georgia Tech1917, 1928, 19521990
    Miami1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 20011983, 1987, 1989, 20012001
    Pittsburgh1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1936 [lower-alpha 1] 1937, 19761976
    Syracuse19591959
      1. A "list of college football's mythical champions as selected by every recognized authority since 1924" was printed in Sports Illustrated in 1967. [79] Together with the 1976 national championship which would come later, the national championship selections listed by Sports Illustrated have since served as the historical basis of the university's national championship claims. [80] For the 1934 season, the Sports Illustrated article included a selection by Parke Davis, then deceased, which had appeared the 1935 edition of the annual Spalding's Football Guide under Davis' byline. The 1934 selection is not documented in the Official NCAA Football Records Book with the rest of Pitt's claimed seasons, although additional major selections for Pitt, which are not claimed by the university, are listed in 1910, 1980, and 1981. [81] College Football Data Warehouse recognizes nine championships for Pitt (1910, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1936, 1937, and 1976) [82] out of the 16 years which it has documented that Pitt was named as a national champion by various selectors. [83]

      Basketball

      History

      The early roots of ACC basketball began primarily thanks to two men: Everett Case and Frank McGuire. Case accepted the head coaching job at North Carolina State. Case's North Carolina State teams dominated the early years of the ACC with a modern, fast-paced style of play. He became the fastest college basketball coach to reach many "games won" milestones. Case became known as The Father of ACC Basketball. Despite his success on the court, he may have been even a better promoter off-the-court. Case realized the need to sell his program and university. State started construction on Reynolds Coliseum in 1941. Case persuaded school officials to expand the arena to 12,400 people. It opened as the new home court for his team in 1949; at the time, it was the largest on-campus arena in the South. As such, it was used as the host site for many Southern Conference Tournaments, ACC Tournaments, and the Dixie Classic . The Dixie Classic brought in large revenues for all schools involved and soon became one of the premier sporting events in the South.

      Partly to counter Case's success, North Carolina convinced Frank McGuire to come to Chapel Hill in 1952. McGuire knew that, largely due to Case's influence, basketball was now the major high school athletic event of the region. He not only tapped the growing market of high school talent in North Carolina, but also brought several recruits from his home territory in New York City as well. Case and McGuire literally invented a rivalry. Both men realized the benefits created through a rivalry between them. It brought more national attention to both of their programs and increased fan support on both sides.

      After State was slapped with crippling NCAA sanctions before the 1956–57 season, McGuire's North Carolina team delivered the ACC its first national championship. During the Tar Heels' championship run, Greensboro entrepreneur Castleman D. Chesley noticed the popularity that it generated. He cobbled together a five-station television network to broadcast the Final Four. That network began broadcasting regular season ACC games the following season—the ancestor of today's television package from Raycom Sports. From that point on, ACC basketball gained large popularity.

      The ACC has been the home of many prominent basketball coaches besides Case and McGuire, including Terry Holland and Tony Bennett of Virginia; Vic Bubas and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke; Press Maravich, Norm Sloan and Jim Valvano of North Carolina State; Dean Smith and Roy Williams of North Carolina; Bones McKinney of Wake Forest; Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams of Maryland; Bobby Cremins of Georgia Tech; Jim Boeheim of Syracuse; and Rick Pitino of Louisville.

      Tournament as championship

      Possibly Case's most lasting contribution is the ACC Tournament, which was first played in 1954 and decides the winner of the ACC title. The ACC is unique in that it is the only Division I college basketball conference that does not officially recognize a regular season champion. This started when only one school per conference made the NCAA tournament. The ACC representative was determined by conference tournament rather than the regular season result. Therefore, the league eliminated the regular season title in 1961, choosing to recognize only the winner of the ACC tournament as conference champion. Fans and media do claim a regular-season title for the team that finishes first, and the NCAA recognizes a regular-season title winner in order to maintain its system of choosing NIT and NCAA tournament berths based on regular season placement. [84] For the ACC, the unofficial crowning of a regular season champion is insignificant as a 1975 NCAA rule change allowed more than one team per conference to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. As a result, the team finishing atop the ACC regular-season standings has invariably been invited to the NCAA Tournament even if it did not win the ACC Tournament. Even so, any claim to a regular season "title" remains unofficial and carries no reward other than top seed in the ACC tournament.

      Historically, the ACC has been dominated by the four teams from Tobacco Road in North Carolina—North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Between them, they have won 50 tournament titles. They have also won or shared 59 regular season titles, including all but four since 1981. The Virginia Cavaliers, however, won the regular season titles in 2014 and 2015, becoming the first ACC team besides Duke or North Carolina to solely win back-to-back regular season titles since 1974.

      Present-day schedule

      For 53 years, the ACC employed a double round-robin schedule in the regular season, in which each team played the others twice a season. With the expansion to 12 teams by the 2005–2006 season, the ACC schedule could no longer accommodate this format. In the new scheduling format that was agreed to, each team was assigned two permanent partners and nine rotating partners over a three-year period. [85] Teams played their permanent partners in a home-and-away series each year. The rotating partners were split into three groups: three teams played in a home-and-away series, three teams played at home, and three teams played on the road. The rotating partner groups were rotated so that a team would play each permanent partner six times, and each rotating partner four times, over a three-year period.

      For the 2012–13 season, the 12-team in-conference schedule expanded to 18. Originally for the 2013–14 season, the expanded 14-team, 18-game schedule was to consist of a home and away game with a "primary partner" while the remaining conference opponents would have rotated in groups of three: one year both home and away, one year at home only, and one year away only. [86] However, when Notre Dame was also added for the 2013–14 season, the now 15-team, 18-game schedule was modified so each school played two "Partners" home and away annually, two home and away, five home, and the other five away. [87] In 2013–14, after 1 year at 18 games, women's basketball went back to a 16-game schedule where each team only plays 2 teams twice, rotating opponents each year over seven years and has no permanent partners.

      The ACC and the Big Ten Conference have held the ACC–Big Ten Challenge each season since 1999. The competition is a series of regular-season games pitting ACC and Big Ten teams against each other. Each team typically plays one Challenge game each season, except for a few teams from the larger conference that are left out due to unequal conference sizes. The first ACC–Big Ten Women's Challenge was played in 2007, and has the same format as the men's Challenge.

      National championships and Final Fours

      Over the course of its existence, ACC schools have captured 13 NCAA men's basketball championships while members of the conference. North Carolina has won six, Duke has won five, NC State has won two, and Maryland has won one. Three more national titles were won by current ACC members while in other conferences—two by 2014 arrival Louisville and one by 2013 arrival Syracuse; Louisville was forced to vacate a third national title due to NCAA sanctions. Seven of the 12 pre-2013 members have advanced to the Final Four at least once while members of the ACC. Another pre-2013 member, Florida State, made the Final Four once before joining the ACC. All three schools that entered the ACC in 2013, as well as Louisville, advanced to the Final Four at least once before joining the conference.

      Also notable are earlier national championships from historical eras prior to the dominance of the NCAA-administered championship. The ACC is often credited with forcing the NCAA tournament to expand to allow more than one team per conference, creating the at-large NCAA field common today. [88] The Helms Athletic Foundation selected national champions for seasons predating the beginning of the NCAA tournament (1939), including North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt, and Syracuse. Prior to the at-large era (1975), the National Invitation Tournament championship had prestige comparable to the NCAA championship, and Louisville, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia Tech won titles during this period (later NIT titles are not considered consensus national championships). [89]

      In women's basketball, ACC members have won three national championships while in the conference, North Carolina in 1994, Maryland in 2006, and Notre Dame in 2018 . Notre Dame, which joined in 2013, also previously won the national title in 2001. In 2006, Duke, Maryland, and North Carolina all advanced to the Final Four, the first time a conference placed three teams in the women's Final Four. Both finalists were from the ACC, with Maryland defeating Duke for the title.

      SchoolPre-NCAA Helms Champ­ionshipsNCAA Men's Champ­ionshipsMen's NCAA
      Runner-Up
      Men's NCAA Final FoursNCAA Women's Champ­ionshipsWomen's NCAA
      Runner-Up
      Women's NCAA Final Fours
      North Carolina1
      (1924)
      6
      [o 1]
      5
      (2016, 1981, 1977, 1968, 1946)
      20
      [o 2]
      1
      (1994)
      3
      (2007, 2006, 1994)
      Duke5
      (2015, 2010, 2001, 1992, 1991)
      6
      [o 3]
      16
      [o 4]
      2
      (2006, 1999)
      4
      (2006, 2003, 2002, 1999)
      Louisville2
      (1980, 1986) [o 5]
      8
      [o 6]
      2
      (2013, 2009)
      3
      (2018, 2013, 2009)
      Syracuse2
      (1918, 1926)
      1
      (2003)
      2
      (1996, 1987)
      6
      [o 7]
      1
      (2016)
      1
      (2016)
      North Carolina State2
      (1983, 1974)
      3
      (1983, 1974, 1950)
      1
      (1998)
      Virginia2
      (1984, 1981)
      1
      (1991)
      3
      (1992, 1991, 1990)
      Georgia Tech1
      (2004)
      2
      (2004, 1990)
      Notre Dame2
      (1927, 1936)
      1
      (1978)
      2
      (2018, 2001)
      3
      (2015, 2014, 2012, 2011)
      7
      [o 8]
      Florida State1
      (1972)
      1
      (1972)
      Wake Forest1
      (1962)
      Pittsburgh2
      (1928, 1930)
      1
      (1941)

      Italics denotes honors earned before the school joined the ACC. Women's national championship tournaments prior to 1982 were run by the AIAW.

      1. North Carolina has won the NCAA men's championship six times (2017, 2009, 2005, 1993, 1982, 1957)
      2. North Carolina has reached the Final Four 20 times (2017, 2016, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1982, 1981, 1977, 1972, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1957, 1946)
      3. Duke has been the men's NCAA runner-up 6 times (1999, 1994, 1990, 1986, 1978, 1964)
      4. Duke has reached the Final Four 16 times (2015, 2010, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1978, 1966, 1964, 1963)
      5. A third national title, in 2013, was vacated in 2018 due to NCAA sanctions stemming from a major sex scandal.
      6. Louisville has reached the Final Four 8 times (2005, 1986, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1975, 1972, 1959). Two other Final Four appearances (2013, 2012) were vacated due to NCAA sanctions stemming from the sex scandal.
      7. Syracuse has reached the Final Four six time (2016, 2013, 2003, 1996, 1987, 1975)
      8. Notre Dame has reached the Women's Final Four 7 times (2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2001, 1997)

      Baseball

      The ACC has won the College World Series twice: by the Virginia Cavaliers in 2015 and by Wake Forest in 1955. However, current conference schools have won six times, including four titles by Miami before joining the ACC. [90] In addition, South Carolina has won the CWS twice since leaving the ACC. Member schools have appeared in the College World Series a combined total of 93 times. In 2013, the ACC was ranked as the top baseball conference by Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and has consistently ranked among the top three conference by that measure over the past five years. [91] In 2013, eight ACC teams, plus future ACC member Louisville, were selected to play in the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, with North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Louisville advancing to the College World Series.

      ACC Baseball is divided into two divisions, the Atlantic Division and the Coastal Division, that parallel the divisions of ACC football except for the fact that Syracuse is the only ACC school that does not field a baseball team and Notre Dame is assigned to the Atlantic Division. Louisville replaced Maryland in the Atlantic Division beginning with the 2015 season.

      Atlantic DivisionCoastal Division
      Boston College Duke
      Clemson Georgia Tech
      Florida State Miami
      Louisville North Carolina
      North Carolina State Pittsburgh
      Notre Dame Virginia
      Wake Forest Virginia Tech
      College World Series / NCAA Tournament History
      SchoolCollege
      World Series
      Championships
      College
      World Series
      Appearances
      Last CWS
      Appearance
      NCAA
      Tournament
      Appearances
      Last NCAA
      Appearance
      Miami †2001, 1999,
      1985, 1982
      252016452016
      Virginia201542015172017
      Wake Forest195521955142017
      Florida State †222017562018
      Clemson122010432018
      North Carolina112018312018
      Boston College †4196782016
      Georgia Tech32006312016
      Louisville †42017122018
      Duke3196172018
      North Carolina State22013302018
      Notre Dame †22002222015
      Virginia Tech0n/a102013
      Pittsburgh0n/a31995

      ^ Syracuse does not currently field a baseball team but has one appearance in the NCAA baseball tournament prior to joining the conference.
      † The count of College World Series appearances includes those made by the school prior to joining the ACC:

      Field hockey

      The ACC has won 19 of the 35 NCAA Championships in field hockey. Maryland won 8 as a member of the ACC.

      National Championships
      SchoolTotalNCAA Women's
      Championships
      North Carolina 71989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009, 2018
      Wake Forest 32002, 2003, 2004
      Syracuse 12015

      Golf

      Of the current ACC members, 12 sponsor men's golf and 10 sponsor women's golf. Four team national championships in men's golf and six national titles in women's golf have been won by ACC members while in the conference, led by the Duke women's team that has won six national titles since 1999. In addition, two more team national titles, one in men's golf and one in women's golf, have been won by current ACC members before they joined the conference.

      National Championships
      SchoolMen's Team NCAAMen's Individual NCAAWomen's Team NCAAWomen's Individual NCAA
      Clemson2003 Charles Warren 1997
      Duke2014, 2007, 2006,
      2005, 2002, 1999
      Candy Hannemann 2001,
      Virada Nirapathpongporn 2002,
      Anna Grzebian 2005,
      Virginia Elana Carta 2016
      Georgia TechWatts Gunn 1927,
      Charles Yates 1934,

      Troy Matteson 2002
      Miami1984 Penny Hammel 1983
      North Carolina Harvie Ward 1949,
      John Inman 1984
      North Carolina State Matt Hill 2009
      VirginiaDixon Brooke 1940
      Wake Forest1986, 1975, 1974 Curtis Strange 1974,
      Jay Haas 1975,
      Gary Hallberg 1979
      Notre Dame1944

      Lacrosse

      Since 1971, when the first men's national champion was determined by the NCAA, the ACC has won 13 NCAA championships, more than any other conference in college lacrosse. Virginia has won seven total national championships, North Carolina has won five, and Duke has won three. Former ACC member Maryland won two national championships as an ACC member. In addition, prior to the establishment of the NCAA tournament, Maryland had won nine national championships while Virginia won two. Syracuse, which joined the ACC in 2013, won ten NCAA-sponsored national championships, the most ever by any Division I lacrosse program, before joining the conference. Since 1987, the only years in which the national championship game did not feature a current ACC member were 2015 and 2017.

      Women's lacrosse has only awarded a national championship since 1982, and the ACC has won more titles than any other conference. In all, the ACC has won 14 women's national championships: Maryland has won eleven as an ACC member, Virginia has won three and North Carolina has won two.

      National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
      UniversityMen's NCAA
      Championships
      Men's NCAA
      Runner-Up
      Pre-NCAA Men's ChampionshipsWomen's NCAA
      Championships
      Women's NCAA
      Runner-Up
      Virginia 2011, 2006, 2003,
      1999, 1972
      1996, 1994, 1986,
      1980
      1970, 19522004, 1993, 19912007, 2005, 2003,
      1999, 1998, 1996
      North Carolina 2016, 1991, 1986,
      1982, 1981
      19932016, 20132009
      Duke 2014, 2013, 20102018, 2007, 2005
      Syracuse 11 [o 1] 2013, 2001, 1999,
      1992, 1985, 1984
      1925, 1924, 1922,
      1920
      2012, 2014
      Notre Dame 2010, 2014

      Italics denotes championships before it was part of the ACC.
      * Syracuse vacated its 1990 championship due to NCAA violations.

      1. Syracuse has won 11 NCAA Championships (2009, 2008, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1995, 1993, 1990*, 1989, 1988, 1983)

      Soccer

      Twelve of the fifteen ACC schools sponsor men's soccer — a higher proportion than any of the other Power Five conferences. Only the three southernmost ACC schools — Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Miami — do not sponsor soccer. Virginia has won 7 NCAA titles, and more since 1990 than any other university in the country. The ACC overall has won 16 national championships, including 16 of the 31 seasons between 1984 and 2014. Seven by Virginia and the remaining nine by Maryland (3 times), Clemson (twice), North Carolina (twice), Duke, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame.

      In women's soccer, North Carolina has won 21 of the 28 NCAA titles since the NCAA crowned its first champion, as well as the only Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) soccer championship in 1981. The Tar Heels have also won 19 of the 22 ACC tournaments. They lost in the final to North Carolina State in 1988 and Virginia in 2004, both times by penalty kicks. The 2010 tournament was the first in which they failed to make the championship game, falling to eventual champion Wake Forest in the semi-finals. The 2012 ACC tournament saw North Carolina's first quarterfinal loss, to the eventual champion Virginia; however, the Tar Heels went on to win the national title that season. In 2014, Florida State became the first school other than North Carolina to win the national championship as an ACC member. Notre Dame won three NCAA titles before it joined the ACC in 2013.

      National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
      SchoolMen's NCAA ChampionshipsMen's NCAA
      Runner-Up
      Women's NCAA
      Championships
      Women's NCAA
      Runner-Up
      AIAW
      Virginia 2014, 2009, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 198919972014
      North Carolina2011, 2001200821
      [o 1]
      2001, 1998, 19851981
      Clemson1987, 19841979, 2015
      Notre Dame 20131995, 2004, 20101994, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008
      Wake Forest 20072016
      Duke19861995, 19822011, 1992
      Florida State2014, 2018 2007, 2013
      Louisville2010
      N. C. State1988
      1. North Carolina has won 21 NCAA Championships (2012, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1984, 1983, 1982)

      Commissioners

      NameTerm
      Jim Weaver 1954–1970
      Bob James 1971–1987
      Gene Corrigan 1987–1997
      John Swofford 1997–present

      NCAA team championships

      The Virginia Cavaliers lead the ACC in NCAA men's titles with 18, while the North Carolina Tar Heels lead in women's titles with 31 and in overall NCAA titles with 44. [92] Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including Division I FBS football titles, women's AIAW championships, equestrian titles, and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles.

      SchoolTotalMenWomenCo-edNicknameMost successful sport (titles)
      North Carolina 44 13310 Tar Heels Women's soccer (21)
      Virginia 25 1870 Cavaliers Men's soccer (7)
      Notre Dame 19 766 Fighting Irish Fencing (10)
      Duke 16 970 Blue Devils Women's golf (6)
      Syracuse 15 1410 Orange Men's lacrosse (10)
      Wake Forest 9 630 Demon Deacons Field hockey, Men's golf (3)
      Florida State 9 450 Seminoles Men's gymnastics, Men's outdoor track (2)
      Boston College 5 500 Eagles Men's ice hockey (5)
      Miami 5 410 Hurricanes Baseball (4)
      Clemson 3 300 Tigers Men's soccer (2)
      Louisville 2 200 Cardinals Men's basketball (2)
      NC State 2 200 Wolfpack Men's basketball (2)
      Georgia Tech 1 010 Yellow Jackets Women's tennis (1)
      Pittsburgh 0000 Panthers N/A
      Virginia Tech 0000 Hokies N/A

      See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships, List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships, and NCAA Division I FBS Conferences

      Capital One Cup standings

      The Capital One Cup is an award given annually to the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the United States. Points are earned throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final coaches' poll rankings. Virginia (2015) and Notre Dame (2014) have finished first in the Cup once apiece for men's sports, and North Carolina (2013) has once finished first on the women's side.

      The following table displays ACC top 20 finishes in the Capital One Cup.

      School YearMenWomen
      2010–11 [93] Virginia Cavaliers (2nd place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (11th place)
      Florida State Seminoles (12th place)
      Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
      Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5th place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
      Duke Blue Devils (16th place)
      2011–12 [94] North Carolina Tar Heels (5th place) Duke Blue Devils (5th place)
      Florida State Seminoles (14th place)
      Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14th place)
      Virginia Cavaliers (16th place)
      Syracuse Orange (17th place)
      2012–13 [95] Duke Blue Devils (5th place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
      Syracuse Orange (9th place)
      Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12th place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (1st place)
      Duke Blue Devils (11th place)
      Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18th place)
      2013–14 [96] Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1st place)
      Virginia Cavaliers (4th place)
      Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
      Duke Blue Devils (8th place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (10th place)
      Virginia Cavaliers (12th place)
      Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
      Florida State Seminoles (14th place)
      Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19th place)
      2014–15 [97] Virginia Cavaliers (1st place)
      Duke Blue Devils (6th place)
      Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9th place)
      Florida State Seminoles (4th place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (7th place)
      Virginia Cavaliers (11th place)
      Syracuse Orange (17th place)
      Duke Blue Devils (18th place)
      Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18th place)
      2015–16 [98] North Carolina Tar Heels (2nd place)
      Clemson Tigers (5th place)
      Syracuse Orange (11th place)
      Virginia Cavaliers (15th place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (4th place)
      Syracuse Orange (4th place)
      Florida State Seminoles (10th place)
      Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
      Virginia Cavaliers (17th place)
      2016-17 [99] North Carolina Tar Heels (3rd place)
      Clemson Tigers (6th place)
      Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11th place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
      Boston College Eagles (12th place)
      2017-18 [100] Duke Blue Devils (3rd place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (13th place)
      Wake Forest Demon Deacons (20th place)
      Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
      Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7th place)
      Duke Blue Devils (10th place)
      North Carolina Tar Heels (15th place)
      Boston College Eagles (17th place

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